Q: 10061 Increase in prisoner numbers


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the increase in prisoner numbers in Victoria in the last 12 months:

(1) Why has there been a 25 per cent increase in Victoria’s female prison population.

Save Live Australia's Music


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This Sunday, 23 February, will be the fourth anniversary of the Save Live Australia's Music (SLAM) rally, when 20 000 people march from the State Library of Victoria to Parliament House in support of live music and to protest against the blanket security conditions that have been imposed on live music venues.

Business of The House


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will not be supporting Mr Davis's motion either. I would agree with many of the comments made by Mr Lenders that it does not seem to me to be an effective way to carry out the business of the house.

Standing Orders


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support this motion to change the standing orders to assist committees to take evidence from people who are not present in the room. They may have valuable evidence but be in another part of the city of Melbourne, another part of the state of Victoria, another part of the country or in another country. This is going to make it much easier for witnesses and more valuable for the committees.

Q: Gaming Advertising


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. On this auspicious occasion of the happy second birthday of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, perhaps it could give Victoria's children a birthday present. On my regular travels on the Sandringham line I have noticed a lot of ads on the insides of doors of trains and also above the windows of trains. I have taken some photos of those ads. One ad is headed 'LMAO -- Looks mightyattractive odds', and it sends you to a website, ladbrokes.com.au. If you go to the website, you see it gives you 28 sports that you can bet on. Why is this advertising allowed on public transport, where children travel daily?

Victorian government has two anti-democracy laws in state parliament

Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.

"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.

"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.

Pride March Victoria

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Sunday, 2 February, I attended the 19th annual Pride March in St Kilda, as did several other members of this Parliament. I first participated in Pride in 1998 and have marched with the Greens every year.This year I was very proud to be asked to march with Australian Marriage Equality, along with the member for Altona in the other place, Jill Hennessy, and former Liberal candidate Kevin Ekhendahl, at the top of the march -- right behind dykes on bikes and Victoria Police led by the chief commissioner, Ken Lay. 

The Sustainable Forests (Timber) and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2013


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sustainable Forests (Timber) and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2013 is one of the most Orwellian-named bills I have come across in this place. It seems like an innocuous title -- sustainable forests and wildlife amendment bill -- when in fact it is a piece of legislation that is not only completely unnecessary but one that will take away the rights of Victorians, as my colleague Mr Barber enunciated very clearly in his discussion on part 2 of the bill, which is the amendment to the Sustainable Forest (Timber) Act 2004, and his outlining of what that will mean to Victorians, the vast majority of whom are opposed to logging in our native forests.